2022 Chamber Music Program Audition Requirements

All new musicians interested in participating in the Chamber Music Program, as well as returning musicians who do not have an established chamber group, must play a short audition for placement in an appropriate ensemble. Returning musicians who have an established chamber group may confirm their interest in participating in the Chamber Music Program by registering through the online form for Chamber Music auditions. Chamber Music Auditions will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022, in Fulton Recital Hall on the 4th floor of Goodspeed Hall.

Audition Requirements

  • Chamber Music Program Auditions—for string players, pianists, and other instrumentalists—will last approximately 6 minutes each. 
  • Prepare approximately 3 to 4 minutes of music to play at the audition, preferably consisting of the beginning of a solo piece plus one other excerpt from the solo, orchestral, or chamber music literature. Select repertoire that demonstrates your technical ability and your musical skills.
  • This short audition will be used to place you in a chamber group with musicians of similar technical abilities and musical preferences, so it is to your advantage to be well prepared. Do not choose music that is too difficult for you, or that you have not prepared thoroughly.
  • You will NOT be asked to sight-read at this year’s Chamber Music Program Audition.
  • Memorization of the audition excerpts is not necessary.

Results & Placement

  • Musicians will be contacted individually regarding their group placement, coaching sessions, and performance opportunities. 
  • A Chamber Music launch party will be held near the start of the academic year, at which procedures will be explained and musicians can meet their groups and coaches.

Tips for In-Person Auditions

  • Arrive early in order to be on time for your appointment. Each director has a very large number of auditions to hear, and needs to keep on schedule. 
  • Warm up thoroughly before the audition. Practice rooms on the first floor of Goodspeed Hall (1010 E. 59th Street) will be available for this purpose during the entire audition period. 
  • Remember that the goal of these auditions is to involve you in our Department of Music Performance Program, and to foster your musical growth while you are at the University of Chicago. There is no reason to be nervous! Come to the audition well-prepared, confident, and ready to demonstrate your musical strengths to the directors who are listening. 

We look forward to hearing your audition.